-Euro Spec Tail Lights w/ Rear Fog
-Euro Mk6 OEM GTI LED License Plate Lights
-Blind Spot Mirrors
-Polo Rear Wiper
-Custom Homelink Garage Door Opener
-Euroswitch with Rear Fog Indicator
-KeyFob Window Control
-Cluster Lit Needles
-OEM iPod Integration
-Climate Controlled Glovebox
-Gorilla Gear Trunk Liner
-United Motorsports Tune
-Entry #001: Introduction, minor cosmetic mods
-Entry #002: OEM iPod Integration Installed
-Entry #003: Custom Homelink Installed
-Entry #004: WitW.11
-Entry #005: New wheel and 4 tires.
-Entry #006: Blind spot mirrors and Gorilla Gear Trunk Liner
-Entry #007: Euro Spec Tail Lights, Light Switch, and Rear-Fog Light 5,896
-Entry #008: Rolling Shots 6,397
-Entry #009: AutoCross One 6,717
-Entry #010: Window Tint 7,152
-Entry #011: Rear Fog Indicator on EuroSwitch 8,957
-Entry #012: One Year of Ownership 9,873
-Entry #013: Interior Monitoring Parts Arrived11,262
-Entry #014: Climate Controlled Glovebox Installed 13,804
-Entry #015: OEM Euro Mk6 LED Plate Lights 19,302
-Entry #016: Interior Monitoring and DWA Horn Install Completed! 19,830
-Entry #017: Cluster Lit Needles 25,817
-Entry #018: The End of An Era 29,872
-More on polo rear-wiper conversion
-Some .:R32 "Swag"
-Factory Finish (Photoshoot 1)
-I am not your magic carpet ride (Photoshoot 2)
-10,000 (Ethan Watson)
How To's I've Written
-DIY: Custom Homelink Install * Good Alternative to Homelink Visor *
-How To: Embedding pictures from flickr.
I bought the caR October 30th, 2010 its a 2004 (MkIV) Deep Blue Pearl (DBP) .:R32.
When I took ownership she had 38,388 miles on her and she was completely stock.
Here are some pics of the day I bought her:
In my driveway (thats me standing there)
Previous owner had a set of BBS wheels on there, they looked ugly so I asked him to move the tires to the Aristos before I bought the car, he did but you can tell the front driver side tire was flat .
Anyway more pics:
After some spirited driving
So anyway a short list of things that I need to fix.
-The front bumper has these waves in it where it meets up with the fender, and it annoys me.
-The drivers door had a dent in it I guess, and they fixed it but you can still see it a tiny tiny bit.
-You need to pull the drivers door handle twice to open the door after unlocking.
-The passenger side side-skirt has a half inch wide very deep scratch the entire length of the side skirt, so I'm going to get that fixed.
So I've done a few small updates to the car. Although I told myself I wouldn't spend money on her till the spring. I gave in and bought her some goodies.
The List of goodies I bought her
-Smoked Fender Repeaters
-Smoked Running Lights
-Polo Rear Wiper Kit
-Flat Head License Plate Bolts
So A little review on everything I bought.
-Smoked Fender Repeaters & Running Lights: They look good, really good. The light out-put is definitely less but I guess I was expecting that anyway, at least I don't have a random orange splodge on my front bumper anymore, haha.
So I have had them in for a few days now, and it seems the fender repeaters are trapping water inside them. Called up ECS Tuning and they will ship out a new pair to me . All's well that ends well.
-Polo Rear Wiper Kit: Another very clean, subtle mod for the .:R32. I feel like the whole car looks like it was designed in 2008. And the fact that the stock rear-wiper had that out-dated look to it really bothered me. The look that I got from the polo-rear wiper its clean and looks up-to-date like the rest of the car. Ties in well. I have however discovered that I'm having a problem snapping the cap down? Is it just me? Any ideas?
-Comfort Blinker: With a little help from the DIY in the MkIV forum. This was really easy to install, once I had actually figured how to get the vent surround out. I think that part took a good fifteen minutes. I am very happy with the result.
-License Plate Bolts: I haven't fitted these yet because they are to thick for the holes the previous owner drilled into the bumper .
Here's a pic to show how the smoked lights look:
And a list of things to do when spring rolls around, the salt goes away, and the caR hits 40k miles
Heres a list of what I will be servicing.
-Haldex System (AWD) Oil & Filter change
-Engine Oil & Filter change
-Trans lube change
-Rear-differential fluid change
-Replace air filter with K&N drop-in
-New Cabin Filter
-Fuel Filter Replacement
-New Spark Plugs
-rotate, balance, and wheel alignment
-Full Coolant Flush ( Will be done at Fox VW in Rochester )
-Full Brake Fluid Flush ( Also to be done at Fox VW )
-Inspect serpentine belt & tensioner
Last edited by Cortexiphan; 05-07-2012 at 10:41 PM.
Things to make sure are updated-
coolant temp sensor
brake light switch
How much is the comfort blinker mod? After having this on my phaeton, I'd like to have it on my R as well.
You should do a headlight relay kit, it is pretty cheap and makes a really nice difference.
444hp/413tq - bone stock, all motor, Volkswagen.
@iTTRS: we will definitely be working on the car in spring can't wait for you to get your camera. We need to take some legit photo's!
The comfort blinker was $54.52 at ECS Tuning. Both my parents cars have it, and I got so used to it. It was a must have for the .:R, took me about 30 minutes to install, hardest part was to get the vent surround out.
What is the headlight relay kit?
Awesome find on your R my friend! That thing is super clean and I really like the direction you are going with it. Maintenance is the first thing you should be concerned about and it seems like you have figured that out
Regarding the front bumper waves, I believe all the .:R's had this problem. I know mine does at least and it bothers the hell out of me. I think there was a recall on them a while ago but it is no longer open? Anyways, I'll be looking to see how you take care of that (cost, etc.).
Is this what people refer to as "bumper ripples"? or is that something else?
Those would be bumper ripples. I have them too. Ill be taking care of this before its painted. I like the direction of this thread. So to you.
Welcome to the club too!
2004 MkIV R32 Golf
APR Tune - Carbonio CAI - HPA SHS - Dieselgeek SS - Custom Catback Exhaust
FS: NEW Weitec Ultra GT Springs & Shocks for 2002-2009 VW 9N Polo
And thanks! I'll be posting more in spring when I actually have a source of income again and I have stuff to fix on the car.
Yes, thats what I've heard, and as soon as its not 10 degrees outside I'll be cleaning up the garage and sanding the cap down
Also I'm at college right now, When I go home over the weekend I'll be sure to take some pictures for you
$50 ) be buying LEDs for the license plate lights.
Last edited by Cortexiphan; 01-27-2011 at 02:11 PM.
Also..i miss my komfort blinker. After the car gets back from the shop in a few weeks ill be adding this. So thankyou for reminding me, lol
As far as the ripples go..honestly i dont know. I dont see why you culdnt jsut sand it and then fill/ gaze it. Im sure i should consider this before i go to get it painted.
But I'm probably going to end up doing the polo wiper and if I end up wanting to do the wiper delete down the road, I could always sell the thing. And sounds good for the pictures
never actually seen the polo wiper...i like that.
So thats probably the theme/direction I will be taking my car.
and keeping on topic with that. My next mod is homelink system for the R32
I have always loved the built in garage door opener on my mothers Jeep, and I really wanted this feature for the .:R. So with some searching I came up with this solution. In my opinion its even better than the homelink visor. About $30 off of eBay and takes less than 30 minutes to install.
Best of all it looks completely OEM.
pic borrowed from Steve99's thread
Definitely going to enjoy this mod, and I'll let you guys know how it works out.